The 15th annual Animation Block Party has unveiled its official lineup of films which will be screening in Brooklyn from July 26-29. Covering everything from fresh shorts to classic movies, the full schedule is online and ticket sales have opened.
Opening Night will take place at Littlefield on Sackett Street, where attendees can check out a family-friendly screening featuring an exclusive new Pingu the Penguin cartoon, Pingu in the City, and new show previews from DreamWorks Animation Television; plus the launch of an ABP-inspired t-shirt from Brooklyn Cloth; tasty treats from My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream; and the live animated/comedy stylings of Picture This!
The screenings continue through the weekend at BAMcinématek on Lafayette Avenue, with nearly 100 shorts in competition and several screenings of animated icons.
2 PM Mad Monster Party (1967) directed by Jules Bass, starring Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller
4:30 PM Student Films and Independent Animators (including Max Porter & Ru Kuwahata’s Oscar-nominated Negative Space); followed by filmmaker Q&A
7 PM International Shorts – Program One (including Annecy Audience Award winner Weekends by Trevor Jimenez); followed by filmmaker Q&A
9 PM MFKZ New York City Premiere (a.k.a. Mutafuckaz) directed by Shojiro Nishimi & Guillaume Renard
***Friday Night After Party at Die StammKneipe***
2 PM Animation for Kids (including Guru Studio’s Space Between Stars, Mixtape Club’s Introducing The Unicorn Rescue Society, and UK/Iceland co-pro Tulipop); followed by Q&A
4:30 PM Pokémon Heroes (2002) the fifth movie featuring Ash and Pikachu!
7 PM Female Animators (for example, Emily Hubley’s Brainworm Billy, Michaela Mueller’s Airport and Sarah Schmidt’s Angst Shorts); followed by Q&A
9 PM Akira 30-Year Anniversary – celebrate THE dystopian/cyberpunk anime classic that inspired generations of filmmakers and animators, directed by Katsuhiro Otomo.
2 PM Animation for Kids (encore screening)
4:30 PM Narrative Works, Studio Shorts and Local Films (including HouseSpecial’s Armor del Amor); followed by Q&A
7 PM International Shorts Program Two (including Tribeca Film Festival animation winner Late Afternoon by Louise Bagnall); followed by Q&A
9 PM Experimental Films, Graphic Design and Music Videos (including Howie Shia’s Marco’s Oriental Noodles for CBC’s “Keep Calm and Decolonize”); followed by Q&A.